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AHMED, DR. NAHFIZA
Audio taped oral interviews conducted with former Mobile mayor
Joseph Langan (July 2001), Non-Partisan Voters League member O. B. Purifoy (October 2001),
and civil rights activists James Dixon (July 2001) and Jerry Pogue (July 2001) in
connection with Dr. Ahmed's doctoral dissertation on the civil rights struggle in Mobile.
Transcripts are available. Some restrictions apply.
Nine oral interviews with individuals who participated or
assisted with the Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) and/or other civil rights
organizations in Mobile during the 1960s and 1970s. The interviews are recorded on
cassette tapes and transcriptions are included in the collection. These interviews
were part of Ms. Case's research for her M.A. thesis, "'Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn
Me Around': The Black Freedom Struggle in Mobile, Alabama, 1902-1969" (University of
South Alabama, 2004). Biographical information about the interviewees is available by
clicking the link provided above. .25 cubic feet.
- CLARK, JIM (12-09-629)
Garner Clark Jr. was sheriff of Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 voting rights
demonstrations in that city. His papers consist of correspondence
written home by Clark during World War II, as well as approximately 260 letters written
either in support of or in opposition to Clarks actions during the voting rights
demonstrations. The Selma letters were written from all over the United States, as well as
from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. In addition, the collection includes
newspapers and newsclippings, photographs, biographical information, material related to
communism, and assorted other material.
FOLEY, FATHER ALBERT
A series of oral interviews conducted in preparation for a
master's thesis about the life of Father Albert Sidney Foley, a Jesuit priest who taught
at Spring Hill College. The interviewed were conducted with Joseph Langan, Jay
Higginbotham, and James Blacksher. The primary subject under discussion was Foley's role
in the civil rights movement in Alabama. The bulk of Foley's papers are held at Spring
Hill College. Their internet address is http://shclibrary.shc.edu/archives/.
.25 cubic feet.
Jack Gallalee served as president of the Mobile County School
Board from 1961-1965. His personal files for the period of his term include
correspondence, publications, and school board meeting minutes. Subjects range from
federal educational mandates regarding integration to problems relating to fraternities
and sororities in the Mobile County school system. 2.5 cubic feet.
This collection contains materials amassed by Dr. Larry E.
Holmes, former professor of Russian history at the University of South Alabama, during the
course of an administrative and legal battle between him and the university over tenure.
The case revolved around issues related to academic freedom and civil rights. The papers
include a chronology of events, documents related to the FBI and its concern with
Holmes activities, correspondence, memoranda, briefs, interrogatories, affidavits,
newspaper clippings, reports, and depositions. The collection also includes a CD of an
interview conducted in August 1973 with Holmes by Mike Sloan of the local radio station
WABB and Don Henry of the Alabama Education Association. A later donation made by Holmes
was added to this collection and contains correspondence, grant awards and applications,
newspaper clippings and other material related to Holmes professional career, and a
copy of Holmes 1997 article on Moscow School No. 25 that appeared in the Slavic
Review. (See also an April 17, 2002, oral interview with Holmes conducted by graduate
student John Lyle., and Manuscript
Collections under Ahmed, Dr. Nahfiza; Blacksher, Menefee, and Stein; Case, Delene;
Crawford, Vernon Z.; Foley, Father Albert; Gallalee, Jack C.; LeFlore, John L.; LeFlore
Oral History Project; Mims, Lambert C.; Neighborhood Organized Workers; Non-Partisan
Voters League; Thomas, Judge Daniel H.; and United States District Court Cases.) 1
Materials relating to various activities of civil rights leader
John L. Leflore. Included are correspondence, minutes, and other records of the regional,
state and local NAACP (1939-1956); the Mobile Housing Board (1966-1970); the Alabama House
of Representatives (1975-1976). The collection also contains one CD with John LeFlore's
FBI file, photographs, and articles written by Mr. LeFlore for various
newspapers. The papers have been microfilmed. 10 cubic feet.
Contains videotaped interviews with Joseph Langan, O. B. Purifoy,
Dr. W. B. LeFlore, Janet LeFlore, Fred Richardson, J. C. Randolph, Hon. James T.
Strickland, Henry Williams, Geraldine Clark, and Lancie Thomas. The interviews, filmed in
1996, are available on 34 VHS video tapes. They were produced under a grant from the
Alabama Humanities Foundation for a documentary on John L. LeFlore. An index for the
tapes is available.
MIMS, LAMBERT C.
This extensive collection consists of a multitiude of subjects
connected with the long-time political career of this former mayor/city commissioner.
Consisting of a vast array of genres, from judicial and legal records to proclamations and
press releases to campaign material and photographs, the information in this collection
covers local topics typically found within such collections, but it also contains material
related to Mims' personal religious views and to the American Public Works Association.
Mims was rotating mayor and public works commissioner of Mobile from 1965 to 1985. 136
ORGANIZED WORKERS (NOW)
The Neighborhood Organized Workers (NOW) was established in
Mobile, Alabama, in July 1966. NOW carried on direct action in an effort to achieve
political, social, and economic reform in the African-American community. This collection
contains copies of NOW's FBI files (1968-1971) and covers topics related to
African-American leadership, race relations, civil rights activities, school
desegregation, voter registration, economic boycotts, and black nationalism in Mobile,
Alabama, and surrounding areas. These files were obtained through a U.S. Department of
Justice Freedom of Information Act request, and include memorandums, informant reports,
newspaper clippings, and copies of handbills gathered by the Mobile, Alabama, FBI
Field Office in its investigation of NOW and its activities. The FBI's primary
correspondent is Mobile's Special Advisory Commission (SAC). Typical information
gathered includes summary reports of NOW meetings, the composition of NOW leadership,
and an interpretation of the African- American community's attitude toward NOW, civil
rights, and race relations. A companion collection includes taped interviews with
civil rights activist and founding member of the Neighborhood Organized Workers Jerry
Pogue, former journalist for the Southern Courier newspaper and founding member
of the Neighborhood Organized Workers David Underhill, and George Langham, educator and
member of the Neighborhood Organized Workers. Guides to the FBI Files and
History interviews are available on this web site. An appointment is
required to view this collection. Also please note: it is the sole responsibility of the
researcher to secure permission to quote from or publish material from the interviewees of
the oral history project. .75 cubic feet.
NON-PARTISAN VOTERS LEAGUE
These records of a civil rights organization in Mobile,
1956-1987, contain materials
concerning discrimination in public accommodations, employment, criminal justice
administration, and public education, including the Birdie Mae Davis case, the
cornerstone of the League's efforts at integrating the county public school system. John
LeFlore was the director of casework for the organization until his death in 1976.
Contains correspondence, minutes, administrative and financial records, legal documents,
press releases, news clippings, and publications. The records have also been microfilmed.
22 cubic feet.
JUDGE DANIEL H.
Daniel Holcombe Thomas was born in Prattville, Alabama, in 1906.
He was appointed to the federal bench by Harry Truman in 1951. Although Judge Thomas
retired in 1972, he retained supernumerary status until his death in 2000, making him one
of the United States' longest serving justices. Known as a conservative, Judge Thomas
adjudicated several civil rights cases, the most important to our area being the
Birdie Mae Davis v Mobile County School Board school desegregation case. He also
developed a national reputation for presiding over maritime cases. This collection
consists of 13 personal scrapbooks that contain miscellaneous speeches, letters, pictures,
programs, and articles that span Thomas' entire judicial career, and one bound volume of
congratulatory letters to him on the 15th anniversary of his installation as
judge. 2.5 cubic feet.